Centre launches initiatives for cities to combat climate change

Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, which looks to provide a clear roadmap for cities towards combating climate change.

Puri also launched the Streets for People Challenge, which seeks to make cities more pedestrian friendly. This comes at a time when the extended lockdown and social distancing norms have spurred an interest among people for cycling to work.

“The launch of these initiatives today aims to address urban challenges in two of the key areas — climate change and livability,” Puri said.

The climate assessment comes as the last decade has seen an increase in the frequency of cyclones, floods, heat waves, water scarcity and drought-like conditions.

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